University of South Alabama - College of Education
Dr. Jean Clark
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and click the link). The links are underlined and in blue.
After the Storm. Free 41-page book. Has hurricane education, work sheets for children
and parents, activities and lesson plans, disaster kit and family plan instructions. Highly
Alliance for a Media Literate America. Down-loadable PDF version of 14-page resource
book. Topic is media analysis. For most of the activities, you need Internet hookup to
use, since it refers you to media clips. Accompanied by complete lesson plans (click on
left side panel of home page).
American Red Cross
American Red Cross
Lesson plans. Order by grade and topic. They provide activities, work sheets, etc.
American Red Cross. The motherlode for direct lesson plans for any grade, any age,
about disasters and other frightening events. There are very specific lesson plans and
student activity sheets for preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12th grades.
American Red Cross. “Facing Fear” series. Again, you can get activities and lesson plans
by topic, and grade.
American School Counselors Association (ASCA): Suggestions, lesson plans,
information, activities, links for resources
Baldwin, D. Trauma Pages. Pages of handouts for mental health workers, parents,
teachers. Lots of web sites for specific audiences, like FEMA for Kids, with activities and
CNN: Resources and information for victims; children’s photos; stories; satellite images;
scams; weather and information trackers
Connect for Kids. Great resource for parents, teachers. Not lessons for classes, but great
info. Ex: enrolling displaced students under the McKinney Homeless Act; places to apply
for financial, clothing, medical needs.
Crisis Management Institute
Crisis Management Institute: “Guidelines for Helping Youth in the Aftermath of Katrina”
Department of Education: “Hurricane Help for Schools”
Dover Publications. Classroom Projects and Activities. You can get varied weekly lesson
plans for any age. A few disaster-related lesson plans.
Education World. Hurricane-related lesson plans.
Edutopia. Story about NO students doing science project/demo about wetlands, days
before Katrina, innocent of the forthcoming disaster. Poignant story about why we teach
curriculum that we do. Data, stats, and stories.
Family Education Network. Helping teachers deal with disruptions. Lesson plan blanks,
formatted; parent-teacher conference printable sheets. District and school suggestions for
plans to deal with disruptions.
Florida School Counselor Association. Lots of links, to info, associations, photos,
activities. Some repeated above, but worth looking at.
Hurricane Help for Schools. Constantly being updated so this will change from the date
this is posted. At this point, there are lots of photos, ideas, suggestions for teachers,
parents, administrators at all levels.Has a school section where you can write in exactly
what you need.
Inspired Teaching. If for nothing else, go here and copy the quote about teachers from
National Association of School Psychologists. Lesson plans about Katrina; From Calvert
National Association of School Psychologists. Excellent source of handouts for teachers
and parents after a disaster such as a hurricane
National Association of School Psychologists. Tips for parents; tips for teachers; signs of
stress and what to do
National Association of School Psychologists. Parent, teacher, school info; list of do’s
and don’ts for memorial events; signs for PTSD
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. CED Educational Resources for
Disaster Preparedness. Mostly about terrorism and school safety, but a couple of FEMA
and Red Cross educational sites
NOAA. Sections targeted for teachers, one for students and one general section. No lesson
plans, but basic info about NOAA, storms, etc.
PBS. Communicating with kids, ages 0-11. Good handouts to give parents. Good section
on how children show their stress – even infants.
PBS. Video-clips and articles from Mr. Rogers, on dealing with scary events and scary
PBS. Sesame Street Spots on scary feelings and dealing. You need Real Player or Quick
Time for this. Cute and calming.
Hundreds of links to professional groups (ASCA, APA, ACA), specialty groups (such as
those targeted for PTSD); news syndicates and archival data; mental health services;
contacts; ideas. All related to storms and catastrophes.
Pennsylvania Education Crisis Response. Advice, activities, links to services and
information about mental health needs. Keep scrolling down to a “Classroom resources”
Reading A-Z.com. Click on “activities” for activities and worksheets directly related to
Katrina and hurricanes. Click on “coping” for activities to help children with stress. Ideas
for drawing, writing, lists for emergency plan pack.
Sites for Teachers. Just tuck this one away as a source for many lesson plans, by topic, by
grade/age. Some better than others. Listed 10 sites per page, over 60 pages.
State of Georgia. Has links to American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and
other sites with resources for disaster education
State of Virginia. Contains Kids page for disaster. Education about all disasters, with
vocabulary, photos, emergency plan, kit. Links to children’s information (NOAA,
FEMA, Red Cross, Pet Care and hotline). Also in Spanish.
The Library of Congress. Photos 1851-1991. Lists disasters by type and place, with
University of Illinois. Classroom activities. Many good links at this site.
University of Illinois. Many resources and links to additional material
University of Illinois. Wonderful resource. Drawing, Talking and Writing Methods of
expression. Gives rationale, examples, lesson plans, activities.
University of Illinois site for teachers – signs of stress, activities
TEACHNOLOGY. For teachers and from teachers. Free worksheets. Just pick a topic and
a grade level.
When Terrible Things Happen: A Parent’s Guide to Talking with Their Children
Lesson Plan for Middle, High. Naming disasters, and all community agencies involved;
role of each. Simulated disaster for students to become town agencies and officials.
Also has game: Masters Of Disaster Quiz Bowl Rules
Activity: students make a list of items to put in disaster preparedness kit; draw, plan
where in the home it will be, how often refurbished by family, etc.
Coloring sheets for different disasters.
About pets during a disaster – care and leaving behind
Elementary level stories about the twins. Separate stories about them going through
different disasters: floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. Also in Spanish
* Freebies from FEMA! Kits, posters, stories. Highly recommended.